The client is a teen with right lower quadrant abdominal pain, nausea and a fever of 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit. What does the nurse do prior to the diagnosis?


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- Apply an ice bag to alleviate the pain.

- Give the client an enema.

- Put a heating pad on the affected area of pain.

- Give narcotic pain relief.


The client likely has appendicitis but before the diagnosis is made, you can give an ice bag to the affected area to alleviate the pain. The client does not need an enema and a heating pad is contraindicated. No analgesics should be given until the diagnosis has been made.

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